Monday, December 27, 2010

Look what I found ...

Dear Scrap Tales followers:

I uncovered a few secrets at the store today and since I have access to the blog, I am going to let you in on a few -- just don't tell them I was the one who told!

For starters, there are a couple of Tim Holtz's Vagabonds in stock. I didn't get too close (I'm not good at resisting temptation), but the box was almost worth the price of admission all on its own. Hurry in before this batch sells out and you have to wait, again ...

And, as I was getting ready to check out, I saw some really cute pink things tucked behind the counter. Of course, being me, I had to peek ... Here are just a few of the things I found:





It's from one of my favorite companies, Little Yellow Bicycle! Isn't it the cutest?! Perfect for love, baking, birthdays, Valentine's Day and all of those adorable little girl pages. I can't wait to get scrappin'. And, if I was you, I would hurry in to stock up on this collection before it flies out the door because once it is gone, it's gone.

Until I find more secrets to share, this is Candy returning you to your regularly scheduled blog posts ...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last-minute gift idea

Need one more holiday gift?

There is still time to make an amazing bookmark, like this, with products you probably already have at home. Here's how Candy made this one:

Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of the bookmark you want. (Candy used white)

Place it in the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (or one of the Tim Holtz folders would work, too) and emboss with the Big Shot or similar cutting tool. (This is the Christmas and Thin Ice set.)

Round the corners using a corner rounder.

Lightly apply Barn Door Distress Ink with an ink applicator. This will add color to the raised areas and a hint to the rest.

Then, to add a bit more dimension, go over it again, with an even lighter hand, with Fired Brick.

Here's the cool part ...
Turn the Distress Ink Embossing Pad over and lightly run it across the surface of the tag (or bookmark). Don't worry about it being perfect.

Now, add UTEE and heat.

It should look something like this ... almost like the ornaments are glass! When Candy made hers, the ornaments near the edges of the paper didn't get quite as much UTEE, but they still look great.

Now, add Ranger's new Liquid Pearls to the dots on the ornaments for even more texture and dimension.


Candy also added a sticker from the new Seasonal Salvage Stickers by Tim Holtz, a mini safety pin, a strip of ribbon (colored with Distress Ink), a scrap of ribbon and the mini brads by Tim Holtz.

To make the bookmark a little thicker, and to cover the back side, Candy attached another piece of white cardstock to the back, trimmed it to fit, and then went around the entire edge with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

The Crop-a-Dile easily punches a hole at the top for an eyelet. Candy then added some of the Baubles and a Swivel Clasp by Tim Holtz and a bit more ribbon to the top.

It could be a bookmark or a tag for a holiday gift, but it is pretty enough to hang on the tree!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inspired by Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz just finished this year's 12 Tags of Christmas ... on Day 2, he showed us how to make a custom ink pad for stamps. You can find the instructions here.

Candy was inspired to try the technique using a Santa stamp.
Here's a closer look ...

Candy embossed the image with UTEE (the only clear embossing powder she had on hand) immediately after stamping it. Who knew you could get such unique results by embossing Distress Ink!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Elegant, but easy, ornaments

This year, add an elegant homemade ornament to your tree, or give a few as gifts. You won't believe how easy they are to make!

The base is a Kaisercraft wooden die cut. They come in a few different patterns. Some are slipped together, like this one. Others come with two different flat ornaments in a package. The best part: They only cost about $3!

First, cover the ornament in Art Glitter Glue. This is Candy's favorite glue and she uses it whenever she needs a wet adhesive. It goes on white, so you can see where you put it, but dries clear and shine free. The glue also dries fast, so work in small sections.

After covering a section in glue, apply Art Glitter. Be sure to work over a tray or a piece of folded paper so you can pour the leftover glitter back into the jar. It's also helpful to use a mini spoon (Art Glitter sells them) to pour the glitter over the project.

There are hundreds of colors in several different textures and in both opaque and transparent. Candy used Purple Lame Ultrafine Opaque for this project.

Once dry, put the two pieces together and secure with a thin line of Art Glitter Glue. Then, add a ribbon or ornament hanger and you are done. It's that easy!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bo Bunny's Cambridge Collection

The Cambridge Collection by Bo Bunny is so versatile. The deep jewel tones give it a regal look, making it perfect for heritage, university graduation and other sophisticated layouts. But, it can also be used for everyday occasions, like this layout from Design Team member Jamie.
Visit Jamie's blog at jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com or stop in the store for a closer look.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wendy Vecchi Plaid

Blogs are meant to inspire and Wendy Vecchi's recent blog post about making plaid with Tim Holtz's Tissue Tape inspired Candy Spiegel, instructor and design team member at Scrap Tales.

Here are Wendy's instructions on making plaid ...

And, here is what Candy was inspired to create:

For directions, visit Candy's blog at www.candyspiegel.wordpress.com

Then, try making your own plaid!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas tags


Jamie, one of our Design Team members, came up with these simple, but adorable tags using paper from My Mind's Eye's Haunted Collection and stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle. For more details, visit her blog at jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com or stop in the store for a closer look.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Look what just arrived ...

Graphic 45's newest paper line , Once Upon a Springtime has just arrived!


It's adorable in pinks, greens and blues with fairies, bunnies and birds. Hurry in before it sells out!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Classes added

Basic Copics and Beyond $25

To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Please check your schedule carefully as all classes are non-refundable and non-transferable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.  
Basic Copics and Beyond  $25 


Copic Certified Instructor, Sandy Hulsart, will walk you through the basics of using Copic markers. Students will learn coloring and blending techniques using an assortment of stamps. Sandy will explain the numbering system of Copics, how to refill the pens and replace the nibs, how to blend your colors seamlessly and the use of the Blender pen, as well as what paper and ink to use. She will cover creating custom colors from a limited palette. You will receive many useful handouts to take home with you. Sandy will also demonstrate airbrushing, which you will be able to give a try. The class has been extended to 3 hours with additional images to give you more time to practice with your markers.

What to bring:
at least 2-3 Copic markers and a blender pen

Class size is limited to 15 students so register early to ensure your spot!

Altered CD Mini Book $25

To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Classes are non-refundable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.
Altered CD Mini Book $25
How many old cd's are sitting around your home office? If it's anything like my husband's there is a whole stack in there collecting dust! March on in there and grab five or six and join Linda in this workshop to put those old cd's to better use. Together we'll create a very interesting little shabby-chic book that can be displayed in your home or office - or give it as gift and let someone else enjoy it in theirs! We'll use vintage-style papers from Graphic 45, Tim Holtz Idea-ology elements, and students will learn an array of techniques while using Ranger Distress Inks, Distress Stickles, melted bee's wax, brads, and more - learn some of those Ranger techniques you've been inquiring about. Students will also be able to experiment with photo transferring onto Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas. Lots of embellishments included but please bring any little extra trinkets you may like to add!
What to bring:
Non-stick Craft Sheet

5 cd's plus an extra just in case
Ranger Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Black Soot

Ranger Ink Applicator and replacement sponges or Cut-n-Dry foam
Ranger Glossy Accents & Art Institute Clear Dries glue with fine tip
Ranger Gold Paint Dabber
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Crop-a-Dile
scissors
pencil
At least 2-3 color toner copies (either laser or office supply copies) of photo for photo transfer (size about 2X2 to 3X3 or so)
A variety of photos (10-20) in any theme in a mixture of sizes from 1X1 to 4X6 (it's nice to have the photos printed out in a variety of sizes; it makes it easier on you for placement: Note: you will use many more small photos than large!

Heritage Series - Christmas Traditions $25

To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Please check your schedule carefully as all classes are non-refundable and non-transferable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.

Heritage Series - Christmas Traditions $25

Record your family's Christmas traditions in this special heritage class.
Students will create this beautiful two-page spread using My Mind's Eye papers and rubber stamps.
In the process, we'll learn how to ink with Distress Ink, attach ribbon, color ribbon and papers to match the page, stamp with wood-mounted, acrylic and cling stamps, set eyelets, apply Distress Stickles, use a Glaze Pen, brads, gems, flowers and more. This class is filled with techniques and tips to make professional-looking pages.

Students must bring:
Paper trimmer
Adhesive for photos/paper
Clear Art Glitter glue or equivalent
Piercing tool and mat
Non-stick Craft Sheet
Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Walnut and applicators
Scissors
If desired, bring a Crop-a-Dile and Tiny Attacher, as well

Candy Spiegel blog: www.candyscraps.wordpress.com

Clear but Distressed Mini Album $39

To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Please check your schedule carefully as all classes are non-refundable and non-transferable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.

Clear but distressed Mini Album $39  

You will start with a clear acrylic Maya Road Wavy album and Robin will show you how to use alcohol inks, felt pads, canned air, Stazon inks, a few rubber stamps, paint dabbers, fragments, Glossy Accents, photos, jump rings, eyelets, Dew Drops, buttons, ribbons, Distress ink and My Mind’s Eye So Sophie papers to end up with a distressed album. Robin used fall Greenfield Village photos to finish off the album but almost any photos will work. This class is slated for three hours - this is an estimated end time. You should be able to have the basic book finished in three hours but all embellishments might not be attached. Each kit includes photos of each page of the album if you need to finish at home. Class size is limited to 10 students so register early!
What to bring:
non-stick craft sheet        
tape runner or ATG
Walnut Stain distress ink
Ink blending tool & foam
Glossy Accents
Scissors
Crop-a-dile
Paper trimmer
Photos – a variety of smaller sized photos ranging from 1 ½” squares up to a 3”x4” photo can be added at any time. You will receive a 12”x12” sheet of brown cardstock in your kit to cut mats to fit your photos. Bring photos to fit these fragment sizes if you would like to complete the fragments during class:  2 – 5/8” squares, 2 – ¾” squares, 1 – 1” square, a photo for each side of a 1 ½” square, 5/8” x 1 ½” rectangle. Please note that Glossy Accents, which we will coat the fragments with to attach the photos, can sometimes react with photos printed from home photo printers causing the ink to change colors or even run. I’ve never had that problem with photos I’ve had printed at Meijer, Snapfish, etc.

Well it has been a while..

Coming up at Scrap Tales ...

Crop with us Nov. 6 and Nov. 20

If you're looking for the perfect getaway to catch up on your scrapbooking or just to kick back with other adults and relax for a bit try one of our 14-Hour Crops at Scrap Tales. Lease your very own table space where you can spread your supplies and work on your scrapbooking for 14 uninterrupted hours - and the best part - it's adults only! We set aside two Saturdays each month from 10 a.m. to midnight just for you! From 10 a.m. to midnight on the first and third Saturdays of each month we host an adult-only 14-hour crop so you can relax and scrap or papercraft to your hearts content. It's close enough to home should an emergency come up and you're needed but we give you the perfect excuse to escape the family for awhile and rejuvenate - adults only!
Make your reservation and lease your table space by stopping in or do it by phone (810) 225-9636 with Visa or MasterCard. Cost is $7 per person and it includes use of our extensive AccuCut center full of alphabet and shape dies to suit your scrapbooking and cardmaking needs. Our staff will be happy to give you a brief lesson in using the center and you'll be amazed at just how easy it is to use and at all the wonderful projects you'll be able to create. A microwave, mini fridge and coffemaker are also available for use - bring your food or order out! There is plenty of counter space and outlets available for your Cricut, Silhouette or laptop. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
Preregistration and payment is required by calling Scrap Tales at 810.225.9636. 14-Hour Crops are refundable or transferrable if cancelled 24 hours prior to date of event; specialty crops are non-refundable.

Check out the Cracker Jack's!

Welcome to Cracker Jack Stampers - where you can explore your creativity with a group of sometimes sweet and sometimes fiesty crafters - you may even come across a surprise periodically! We meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Scrap Tales. Warning: hands may become ink-stained, clothing spotted, and you may sparkle all over by time the meeting ends - but you will have fun!

Give us a try by attending our next meeting. Bring your basic kit: scissors, adhesives, non-stick craft sheet and a card created with our selected theme in mind.
When:  6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Demonstrator:  Sue Engblom
Theme: Christmas

Monday, August 2, 2010

New Classes added!

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Our instructors have been busy creating new class projects for August - be sure to check them out! You'll find beginner scrapbooking, Silhouette and card classes by Laura, Cricut classes with Jamie, a paperbag book with Linda and Wendy Vecchi visits in August too.

Call us at (810) 225-9636 to register for any of the classes. Please review our class policy and contact us with any questions. To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Please check your schedule carefully as all classes are non-refundable and non-transferrable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled. 



Summery Stamped Cards

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In this class, Laura will show you how to use stamps with a variety of techniques to create four summery cards. Students will use both clear and traditional rubber stamps with embossable plastic, a glue pad, Versamark, pigment ink, glitter, embossing powder, markers, liquid applique, Stickles, and Diamond Glaze. Class runs 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 06; $20

What to bring: Trimmer, adhesive, sharp scissors, craft mat, brayer (preferrably medium to large), heat gun, sanding block or sand paper, and 3D Dots

Visit Laura's blog: http://www.rememberinglifesmoments.blogspot.com/



Basic Cricut Class

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Thinking about getting a Cricut machine or do you own one but are not quite sure what to do with it? Then this class is for you! In this class I will teach you all the basics, from how to turn it on to how to navigate through your page. Bring your Cricut machine and the cartridge it came with to the class and have a real hands-on learning experience! This class will include the following:

*Loading Mat, Blade into Housing & Loading Blade Housing
*Learning the dials (pressure, speed, size)
*How to Indent to Cut Exactly Where You Want It
*How to Use Cricut Markers
*Question and Answer Time

Please note that this class will only go over the similarities of the machines, we will not be focusing on the Expressions added features.
Don't have a Cricut? Don't worry! Let me know in advance and you can borrow mine (only one available per class)!
Bring your machine, paper, the cartridge your machine came with, an extension cord, and a mat. Class is slated for Sunday, Aug. 8 from noon to 2 p.m.; $30. A second offering will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 28; $30

Instructor: Jamie (Design Team Member); visit her blog: http://jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com/


Scrapbook Virgins

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You've toyed with the idea of preserving your favorite photos in a scrapbook. You buy some papers and stickers, pull out your photos, spread it all on the table . . . and feel so overwhelmed and lost that you give up before you even get started!
Pull those photos back out and join us at Scrap Tales in this 2-hour course that will put you at ease and give you the confidence you need to get started on your personal journey of preserving your memories.
In Scrapbook Virgins we'll focus on the basics - tools (paper trimmers, adhesive, and scissors), papers (cardstocks), cropping and layout. You'll leave knowing the fundamental tools of creating your very first scrapbook pages. This class is geared toward the novice.
What to bring: 3-5 photos (4X6) of the same theme or event. If you have them bring: paper trimmer or scissors, dry adhesive; if you do not have them we highly recommend waiting to purchase till after class so you have an opportunity to try-before-you-buy. Class gets under way at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13 and from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25; $12


It's all about..MINI ART!

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Mini's were so popular at CHA...and in this class you'll see why. Students will start with a brand new scalloped and layered mini book from Maya Road. You'll make some custom grungepaper embellishments and add lots of detail.
Next you'll ink with the brand-new distress ink colors, stamp with brand-new studio 490 stamps and some old favorites too, paint with the paint dabbers to create texture and embellish with cool new chipboard minis from Maya Road.

You'll leave with a completed six-page mini book that's LOADED with goodies.
You'll also take home two complete sets (different fonts) of Maya Road mini alphabets which will be perfect for creating more fun projects at a later date.

What to bring:craft sheet
jet black archival ink
scissors..I LOVE Tim's tonic scissors
glue...Art Glitter or Crafter's Pick are good choices...
Ink blending tool & foam pads
American Crafts precision black pen for pen-stitching details

Wendy will provide the new Distress Inks for everyone to share.
The sample uses tumbled glass, bundled sage, rusty hinge, barn door and brushed corduroy. BUT...If you prefer to customize your mini book and use other distress ink colors... That's GREAT!
Just bring your own distress inks.
Wendy suggests a blue (faded jeans or broken china), a green (peeled paint), an orange (spiced marmalade) a red (fired brick) and a brown (vintage photo or brushed corduroy) or any other color combo that you prefer.

Mini's are FUN! Hope to see you there. Class runs 3-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14; $60. Just a few seats remain in this class - don't miss guest artist Wendy Vecchi's visit to Scrap Tales. Check out her blog:
http://studio490art.blogspot.com/


Just dream grunge hanging...

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Wendy's Distress Inks 2 has been sold out but there are still a few seats in her 'Mini Art' class on Saturday and 'Just Dream Grunge Hanging.' This workshop has it ALL... flowers...fun techniques AND you'll leave the workshop with a finished hanging that makes a PERFECT gift, if you can stand to give it away!

This class is all about YOU...

You'll learn how to use masks to make custom backgrounds.
You'll learn how to easily alter metal and fabric embellishments.
You'll learn how to make an awesome dimensional grungepaper rose, using studio 490 stamps.
You'll have the chance to use some fun products... Think film strip ribbon and rock candy distress stickles!
You'll use Tim's large mask & TAKE IT HOME...it's yours to keep and use again!
You'll ink and stamp and customize this hanging. Just follow the design, but use the colors of your choice.
You'll receive two large packages of Maya Road's mini chipboard alphabets...and take the leftovers HOME! They're yours to keep! You'll have plenty left for more fun projects.
You'll be able to customize YOUR hanging with any word or saying...if it fits...that's fine!
Be thinking of what YOU want to say.

If you're ready to take grunge to the next level...this is THE class for you!

Students need to bring:craft sheet
jet black archival ink for stamping
scissors for cutting grunge Tim's tonic scissors are the best
adhesive...I like Art glitter glue or Crafter's Pick is fine too
American Crafts precision pen for pen stitching

Blending tools/replacement foam pads and these distress ink colors...IF YOU HAVE THEM...I'll bring some to share too...

Peeled paint, broken china, brushed corduroy, scattered straw are the colors I used for the sample...like other colors? Follow the basic design, but use the colors of your choice. YOU CAN...Make it yours! This class is set for noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15; $50


Halloween Paper Bag Album

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You'll be able to conjure up plenty of Halloween memories with photos you preserve in this adorable paper bag album that features papers by Graphic 45. Using the newest Graphic 45 release - Hallowe'en in Wonderland - Linda will walk you through the easy steps to creating this flap paper bag album from everyday lunch bags! Students will learn to work with some Tim Holtz Idea-ology trinkets, Tim Holtz Sizzix Edgers, Ranger Distress Inks and more - no experience required! This class is great one for beginners as well as advanced students.
What to bring: detail scissors (I highly reccommend EK Success' Honeybee's), Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot, Black Zig or Tombow marker, dimensional black foam squares adhesive, strong tape (ATG, Score Tape or Xyron 510 or larger is perfect), piercing tool and piercing mat, tape or dot runner. This class is offered from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23 and again from 10:30-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11; $25

Visit Linda's blog:
http://scrappedtreasures.com/

Crop set for August 7

If you're looking for the perfect getaway to catch up on your scrapbooking or just to kick back with other adults and relax for a bit try one of our 14-Hour Crops at Scrap Tales. Lease your very own table space where you can spread your supplies and work on your scrapbooking for 14 uninterrupted hours - and the best part - it's adults only! We set aside two Saturdays each month just for you! From 10 a.m. to midnight on the first and third Saturdays of each month we host an adult-only 14-hour crop so you can relax and scrap or papercraft to your hearts content. It's close enough to home should an emergency come up and you're needed but we give you the perfect excuse to escape the family for awhile and rejuvenate - adults only!
Make your reservation and lease your table space by stopping in or do it by phone (810) 225-9636 with Visa or MasterCard. Cost is $7 per person and it includes use of our extensive AccuCut center full of alphabet and shape dies to suit your scrapbooking and cardmaking needs. Our staff will be happy to give you a brief lesson in using the center and you'll be amazed at just how easy it is to use and at all the wonderful projects you'll be able to create. A microwave, mini fridge and coffemaker are also available for use - bring your food or order out! There is plenty of counter space and outlets available for your Cricut, Silhouette or laptop. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Preregistration and payment is required by calling Scrap Tales at 810.225.9636. Crops are non-refundable or transferrable after 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lynell Harlow was a SUCCESS

We had Lynell Harlow from Dreamweavers Stencils to teach us two exciting techniques classes and everyone that was in class definitely learned what to do now with those beautiful stencils.  A big Thank you to Marsha and Laura for helping out in the two classes, it did make the day run smooth.  Laura was just recently accepted for the design team of Dreamweavers, and everyone was able to see the beautiful work that she does with them.  Here are a few pictures of these classes.

Friday, July 23, 2010

This comes straight from Tim Holtz himself.

I was looking and found the most recent and updated look at his new machine and it just came from Tim Holtz himself.  If you haven't checked out his Blog please do,http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/07/chasummer-2010-sneak-peek-11-alterations.html,  he is giving just a great amount of sneak peeks to get you ready for all the new products that will be coming out in the next few months.

cha-summer 2010 sneak peek #11 (alterations)...

well bloggers we made it!  today is the final day of sneak peeks before packing everything up and heading to chicago for the cha-summer trade show where all of these products will be released.  it's been a busy year for me designing all of these new things - i can't wait for all of you to get your hands on them.  thank you all so much for sharing your excitement and anticipation for the new products.  like i've been saying all week, i've saving the biggest announcement for last because today i'm sharing with you my new die cutting machine in my alterations line with sizzix.  i know many of you saw the video blogs of the "preview" we did back in january at the cha-winter show in preparation for our cha-summer launch - well it's here!  i am happy to introduce to you the "vagabond"...

"a vagabond is an idle wanderer having an uncertain or irregular course of direction, leading a carefree style - which is exactly what our creative journey should be all about..."

the vagabond is a personal die cut machine unlike anything you have ever seen before, and trust me when i say it works like no other machine too.  this portable, fully electric motorized machine, makes die cutting and embossing incredibly simple and truly limitless.  i wanted a machine that was more powerful than any machine out in the market.  why???  simple, i want it to cut and emboss thicker materials like grungeboard, chipboard, bookboard, metal, canvas, acrylic in addition to layers of cardstock, grungepaper, and fabrics.  this powerhouse not only cuts with ease, but embosses full sheets of grungeboard and chipboard with out any hesitation...
of course not only did this machine have to work like no other, it needed to look the part too.  that's where the challenges really came in and everyone at sizzix did an amazing job in sharing the same creative visions - thank you so much!  i designed a machine to resembles a vintage suitcase that has traveled the world with it's unique hardware, nostalgic texture, and distressed finish.  i designed a machine that looked artful enough to leave out yet entirely compact so it wouldn't take up much space.  i designed a machine that could cut and emboss any art medium i wanted to use so i wasn't limited to just paper.  the vagabond is truly everything i imagined it to be...
so i leave you with a few photos of the cool hand-sketched, vintage suitcase styled packaging it will come in (shipping late september), and of course the machine both opened and closed.  as you can see we've made quite a few changes since it's earlier debut including collapsible guide rails, antiqued texture and finish (it even comes with themed luggage stickers you can put on your machine), and a quiet motor you have to hear to believe.   i am beyond excited to share with you, the long awaited release of the new vagabond machine - i just can't wait to show you all it can do!  i'll be posting videos from the cha show next week so stay tuned! ...t!m

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010















Lynell Harlow, owner and designer of Dreamweaver Stencils, is preparing to teach two classes at Scrap Tales Saturday, July 24. Lynell will demonstrate her unique techniques for working with her stencil designs. She'll tell you all about her new designs and new product releases that she will debut at CHA.

We know we have a lot of Dreamweaver Stencil fans out there so you will not want to miss these classes - students still talk about her previous visit and all the wonderful techniques they learned from her.

Lunch will be provided for those attending both classes.

Lynell's first class begins at 11 a.m. and will focus on "Crackle Paste Techniques."
Join her as she teaches you step-by-step techniques of using Crackle Paste that is formulated for using metal stencils on paper. Then you will have fun learning to stencil with two stenciling mediums including the NEW Metallic F/X Powders. Students need to bring 2 gold-handled Dreamweaver Stencil brushes; all other materials are provided. This class is $40.

In her second class, "Putting on the Glitz"which begins at 2 p.m., 
Lynell teaches techniques for using three different mediums for adding pizzazz to your cardwork. Microbeads, glitter and mica powders are materials to be reckoned with when you work with metal stencils. Come take a class with Lynell and you'll learn tips and techniques to make your design time easier. All materials provided. This class is $40.

Register for these classes to reserve your spot for a few hours of fun and interesting techniques! 
To avoid class cancellations register early! Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.
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It's a Summer Road Trip!

Anyone for a road trip?

Scrap Tales, along with four other independently-owned scrapbook stores, are coming together to host a Summer Road Trip that promotes Buy Local! Buy Independent! Buy Michigan!

Just stop in at any participating location for your pass then when visiting any of the locations make a purchase of $20 or more, have your pass stamped or punched - it's that easy! When your pass is full simply turn it in at your last location and you'll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 10 baskets of crafting goodies valued at over $50 each!

Participating locations are: Scrap Tales, Scrapbook Emporium, Scrapbookers Inc., The Scrapbook Zone and Scrappy Chic. The Summer Road Trip promotion runs through Aug. 15, 2010 so grab a friend and hit the road!

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Learn more about the Cricut

Thinking about getting a Cricut machine or do you own one but are not quite sure what to do with it? Then this class is for you! In this class Jamie will teach you all the basics, from how to turn it on to how to navigate through your page. Bring your Cricut machine and the cartridge it came with to the class and have a real hands-on learning experience! This class will include the following:

*Loading Mat, Blade into Housing & Loading Blade Housing
*Learning the dials (pressure, speed, size)
*How to Indent to Cut Exactly Where You Want It
*How to Use Cricut Markers
*Question and Answer Time

Please note that this class will only go over the similarities of the machines, we will not be focusing on the Expressions added features.
Don't have a Cricut? Don't worry! Let me know in advance and you can borrow mine (only one available per class)!
Bring your machine, paper, the cartridge your machine came with, an extension cord, and a mat. Class fee is $30.

Instructor: Jamie (Design Team Member); visit her blog: http://jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com/

To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.  

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Basic Silhouette Class set for Tuesday

Learn to use your Silhouette electronic die-cutting machine - from getting it set up, using the cutting and sketching features, creating new paper size options, to making your own designs. Laura will also walk students through downloading additional fonts, learning to use the site and your download card. Students will leave this class with the knowledge they need to use their new Silhouette. Visit Laura's blog: http://www.rememberinglifesmoments.blogspot.com/
What to bring: your laptop computer, your Silhouette and everything that came with it in the box. Class fee is $20.
To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable; Class Kits are available for those who cannot attend. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Thank you and see you in class! 

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Silhouette Workshop focuses on Glass Etching

Laura will lead this monthly workshop for Silhouette owners who want to explore different aspects of their machine. Each month students will focus on one product or feature and learn all about it. Come try out a new technique and make your Silhouette work for you. Silhouette Workshops are monthly, casual mini classes designed to teach the Silhouette owner how to better use their machine.
Each month, students will explore a different use or product for the machine. July's Silhouette Workshop, in honor of wedding season, we will make a pair of etched wine glasses. If there is a very simple design you would like to include with names, feel free to bring it with you. Workshop fee is $10.
What to bring:
Silhouette
sharp scissors
rubber gloves (optional)

To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.

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Basic Grey Page of the Month workshop

Our Basic Grey Page of the Month workshop gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21. This month students in the workshop will explore the use of Basic Grey's beautiful newest release of papers and embellishments from Olivia.

Those attending should bring with them: paper trimmer, adhesive, ruler, scissors, black fine-tipped pen, green marker, corner rounder, circle punches is 1-inch, 1 1/2-inch and 2-inch. You may wish to bring photos to complete your layout: four 2 1/4-by-2 1/4 photos, one horizontal 3-by-5, one vertical 4 1/4-by-2 1/4, one horizontal 2 1/4-by-3 1/4 and two 1 1/4-by-1 1/4.

Call to reserve your spot (810) 225-9636. Workshop fee is $25.
To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes and crops require pre-registration and payment to reserve your spot. We reserve the right to cancel any class with less than four registered students. Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Robin wins Shopping Spree!

And the winner is ...

















Congratulations to Robin Swederske, winner of our Scrap Tales Shopping Spree! She immediately made her way to her favorite department at Scrap Tales - Inks and Tim Holtz - filling her basket with beautiful colors of the new Twinkling H2o's then plenty of Tim Holtz Idea-logy. When time ran out and items tallied the total was nearly $300. Way to go Robin! Can't wait to see what you create with all her winnings.

Robin is in good company with past winners Pat Roemmele who was our very first Spree winner in May 2006 and Terry Harmon, winner of the Spree in 2007. It's always a good time to come out and cheer them on and take advantage of other specials at that time. All-in-all it was a full day of fun and savings!



Getting to know your Cricut

Thinking about getting a Cricut machine or do you own one but are not quite sure what to do with it? Then this class is for you! In this class I will teach you all the basics, from how to turn it on to how to navigate through your page. Bring your Cricut machine and the cartridge it came with to the class and have a real hands-on learning experience! This class will include the following:

*Loading Mat, Blade into Housing & Loading Blade Housing
*Learning the dials (pressure, speed, size)
*How to Indent to Cut Exactly Where You Want It
*How to Use Cricut Markers
*Question and Answer Time

Please note that this class will only go over the similarities of the machines, we will not be focusing on the Expressions added features.
Don't have a Cricut? Don't worry! Let me know in advance and you can borrow mine (only one available per class)!
Bring your machine, paper, the cartridge your machine came with, an extension cord, and a mat.

This basic Cricut class runs 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 23; fee is $30. Jamie is a member of our Scrap Tales Design Team and has some beautiful samples around the store - come check them out!
Instructor: Jamie (Design Team Member); visit her blog:
http://jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com/

 

Crackle Paste Techniques with Lynell Harlow 

Students will learn to get the most use from their stencils in these classes taught by Lynell Harlow, owner and designer of Dreamweaver Stencils. Lynell will demonstrate her unique techniques for working with her stencil designs. She'll tell you all about her new designs and new product releases that she will debut at CHA. The sample boards are available at the store for a close-up look into what students will learn.
Lynell's first class begins at 11 a.m. Sat., July 24 and will focus on "Crackle Paste Techniques." Join her as she teaches you step-by-step techniques of using Crackle Paste that is formulated for using metal stencils on paper. Then you will have fun learning to stencil with two stenciling mediums including the NEW Metallic F/X Powders. Students need to bring 2 gold-handled Dreamweaver Stencil brushes; all other materials are provided. This class is $40.


In her second class, "Putting on the Glitz"which begins at 2 p.m. Sat., July 24. Lynell teaches techniques for using three different mediums for adding pizzazz to your cardwork. Microbeads, glitter and mica powders are materials to be reckoned with when you work with metal stencils. Come take a class with Lynell and you'll learn tips and techniques to make your design time easier. All materials provided. This class is $40.
Who better to learn from than the designer herself! You won't want to miss these classes. Lynell will bring several samples of her work and techniques for working with stencils and other Dreamweaver products.

Register early to reserve your spot for a few hours of fun and interesting techniques! To avoid class cancellations register early! All classes. Classes are non-refundable; Class Kits are available for those unable to attend. If you have any questions, please inquire - 810.225.9636. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to start of class to get settled.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Flat Bunny, please visit


I sent this invitation to Flat Bunny at BoBunny today.


I’m inviting her to come and scrap with us at Scrap Tales. If she chooses my invitation, she will come with BoBunny products for 10 of us to crop with.

The challenge was simple — make an invitation with BoBunny products.
I used papers, gems and flowers from the Jazmyne and Sophie collections, along with green BoBunny brads.
S.T. Mouse (the Scrap Tales Mouse) is cut out of BoBunny paper using the Accu-Cut system at the store. I used foam tape and three cut outs and layered him. He is accented with Distress Ink and Copic markers and a pearl from Queen & Company.

Keep your fingers crossed and maybe it will be selected and we can crop the night away!

Candy is an amazing and talented artist to come up with this unique invite for Flat Bunny.... Let see if she will come?????????

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The 3/50 Project

Think of three businesses you'd hate to see disappear, then pop in and say hello....

Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy.

(No solicitations on behalf of other companies or businesses, please.)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Grunge Paper is finally back

Tim Holtz embossing folders arrived yesterday - they're nearly gone already - and we got in a supply of 6X12 Grungepaper.



Don't forget to check our May and June Calendar for upcoming classes and events: http://scraptales.net/index.cfm?fa=calendar

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

MEGA MEET HERE WE COME!!!!!

Oh boy we did it and we are now ready for Mega Meet.  Lisa and Linda and my husband Dave are going Wednesday to set up and get us ready for a great 3 days.  We look forward to seeing all of our customers as well as new faces too. Remember to find the mouse and you won't miss us.
Get the new Basic Grey Collections
"Max and Whiskers" is a fiesty collection purr-fectly pet-filled
combines hugable colors and happy-go-lucky patterns.The new
Basics is a very nice collection of  ledgers, grids, dots and detailed
designs you'll find Basics to be the perfectly NOT so-plain-Jane
addition to your project. "Cappella" is the perfect collection for
your treasured wedding photos, heritage, and vintage. 


Dove of the East

The Dove of the East product line just arrived at Scrap Tales and it is beautiful. A collection of Paris Vintage papers, charms and ribbons - great for all your vintage-style scrapbook layouts or cards. Dove of the East is a fairly new company created by Doveen Schecter who has traveled the world over collecting bits and pieces that have now become her inspiration.

Friday, April 30, 2010


NSD Sale

Join us Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 for a National Scrapbook Day Sale! Stock up on all your favorite colors of textured, smooth or Core-dinations Cardstock - 4 sheets for $1 (excludes specialty cardstocks)!

Now that you have the cardstock - grab a QuicKutz alphabet or two at 50% off to cut all your letters in any color and size to fit your scrapbook pages and cards.

Don't forget Andrea Deer will be teaching classes Saturday, May 1 and she'll have extra kits available. Check out some of her kits here:
http://www.the-whole-kit-n-kaboodle.com/storefront/

New Basic Grey arrived this week - stop in to see!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Learn to use your Cricut


It's time to get that Cricut of yours out of the box and learn to use it in this basic Cricut class. This is for the "out-of-the-box" cricut owner as well as those thinking of buying one. Cricut owner and user, Barbara, will help get you started! Learn how to cut, change your blade, adhere your cuts to your project and other secrets. By the end of this class you'll have a layout to bring home and you'll feel ready to create many more projects! This class gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 26. Call (810) 225.9636 to register; fee is $20.

Supplies to bring: Your Cricut machine, Basic shapes/George cartridge or Plantin Schoolbook/Accent Essentials cartridge, Cricut cutting mat for your machine and any cricut tools you have. along with, Xyron Sticker Maker 150, glue stick or glue pen.


Share an Easter memory


What a cute little project to hold those Easter memories (great gift for grandparents)! Place all those cute Easter photos of egg dying, egg hunts, family gatherings or Spring phots in this adorable Mini Easter Chipboard Album by Janet. Students will learn to use Diamond Glaze, Liquid Applique, Distress Inks and QuicKutz dies. Class is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27; fee is $25. Register by calling (810) 225.9636.

What to bring:Ranger Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold
Pioneer Embellishment Glue Stick
Diamond Glaze
Pop Dots & Glue Dots
Scissors
Favorite Adhesives
Light green ink pad (Chalk Ink)
Olive Green Ink Pad (Chalk Ink)



Working with Dreamweaver Stencils


See what wonderful things can be done with Dreamweaver stencils in this Spring Card class. Laura will feature a variety of techniques while creating four cards suitable for (but not necessarily limited to) St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day and graduations. Laura is teaching this class at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 28; fee is $20. Register by calling (810) 225.9636. Check out Laura's blog: http://www.rememberinglifesmoments.blogspot.com/

What to bring:
Paper trimmer
favorite adhesive



Etch the little chickies!


Learn how to use vinyl to glass etch in this fun, easy class. Students will go home with this cute, Spring-themed candy jar (jelly beans not included). While the Silhouette machine was used in this creation, the same product can be used with your Cricut or even hand cut. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Register by calling (810) 225.9636; fee is $20.

What to bring:
Students may wish to bring an apron or gloves



Coloring with Copic Markers


Copic Certified Instructor, Sandy Hulsart, will walk you through the basics of using Copic markers in this Basic Copic class. Students will learn coloring and blending techniques using an assortment of stamps.

Sandy will explain the numbering system of Copics, how to refill the pens and replace the nibs, how to blend your colors seamlessly and the use of the Blender pen, as well as what paper and ink to use. She will cover creating custom colors from a limited palette.

You will receive many useful handouts to take home with you. Sandy will also demonstrate airbrushing, which you will be able to give a try. The class has been extended to 3 hours with additional images to give you more time to practice with your markers. Bring your Copic markers and a blender pen. Class size is limited to 15 students so register early to ensure your spot! Class is three hours and gets started at 6 p.m. Monday, April 5.

Register by calling (810) 225.9636; fee is $25.



Play with Cracker Jack Stampers


Come play with the Cracker Jack Stampers! Explore your creativity with a group of sometimes sweet and sometimes fiesty crafters - you may even come across a surprise periodically! We meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Scrap Tales.
Warning: hands may become ink-stained, clothing spotted, and you may sparkle all over by time the meeting ends - but you will have fun!
Give us a try by attending our next meeting. Bring your basic kit: scissors, adhesives, non-stick craft sheet.


Join in some Chattin' and Scrappin'


If you like to read, craft and chit-chat with others who share the same interests then you may enjoy gathering monthly with members of our book club. The Crafty Ladies Book Club meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Scrap Tales to discuss the monthly book selection.

Bring your basic scrapping or cardmaking tools. We'll discuss the book while crafting a layout or card depicting the book's theme or use the provided sketch as your starting point.

April's book selection is "Prints Charming" by Rebecca Seitz. Members are responsible for acquiring and reading the monthly book selection. Contact us at Scrap Tales with any questions (810) 225.9636.